NKU Athletics Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
The Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its 2019 Hall of Fame Class on Thursday.
Katie Kelsey-Cluxton, Elizabeth “Liz” (Holmes) Hart, Nathan “Nate” Jones, Rose (Broderick) Kappesser, Lauren Piening, Jenna Schreiver, and David Shearer will be inducted during a ceremony at BB&T Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m.
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Katie Kelsey-Cluxton (Women’s Basketball)
A 1999 graduate with a degree in psychology, Kelsey-Cluxton was the starting point guard instrumental in the rise of Norse women’s basketball in the mid-to-late 1990s. She guided NKU to a 30-3 record during the 1998-99 season, which included a trip to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals, GLVC regular-season title and GLVC tournament championship. Kelsey-Cluxton is still Northern Kentucky’s all-time leader in assists (514) and she is still tied for the single-season assist record with 168 in the 1998-99 campaign.
Elizabeth “Liz” (Holmes) Hart (Volleyball)
Hart, who patrolled the court for the Norse from 2005-08, is one of five Norse all-time – regardless of sport – to be named a three-time All-American, earning honorable mention status as a sophomore and junior before being named to the first team in a senior campaign that also included recognition as the GLVC Player of the Year. The four-time All-GLVC performer, which includes three nods to the first team, is NKU’s career record holder for kills (1,850). Hart also ranks fourth all-time in block assists (291), sixth in solo blocks (63), 10th in aces (200) and 12th in digs (1,191).
Nathan “Nate” Jones (Baseball)
Since being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the fifth round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft, Northern Kentucky’s highest-ever draft pick, Jones has gone on to have an illustrious professional career with the organization, and will be starting his eighth major league season this coming campaign. He is a career 3.11 ERA pitcher at the major-league level with a 22-12 record and over 300 strikeouts in 281 innings pitched. In his final season as a Norse, Jones registered a 2.88 ERA in 16 appearances, tossing two complete games, including one shutout. Batters hit just .185 off of the ace.
Rose (Broderick) Kappesser (Softball)
Kappesser’s name litters the Norse softball record books following her four-year career that spanned 2007-10. Upon graduation, she was Northern Kentucky’s all-time leader in career home runs with 21. She still ranks in the top-10 in eight major categories - RBI (third, 111), total bases (third, 312), at-bats (tied-fourth, 662), home runs (fifth), doubles (fifth, 38), hits (sixth, 199), runs scored (sixth, 111) and games played (ninth, 205). Kappesser was an all-GLVC selection, the GLVC Softball Student-Athlete of the Year and both an NFCA Division II and Daktronics Division II All-Region Second Team honoree as a senior.
Lauren Piening (Women’s Soccer)
Piening was a four-year starting goal keeper for the Norse, leading the team to three GLVC Championships (1998, 1999, 2000) and three NCAA appearances (1999, 2000, 2004), which includes a final four appearance in 1999 and National Runner-Up in 2000. The four-time All-GLVC standout, was a Third Team All-American in 2000 and set the NCAA Division II record for shutouts with 16 in 1999. That mark is still the fourth-best all-time. Piening is Northern Kentucky’s career saves leader with 296, more than double the next closest keeper on the standings, and she ranks in the top-three of every career goal keeper ranking in NKU’s record book.
Jenna Schreiver (Volleyball)
Schreiver, Northern Kentucky’s four-year starting setter, closed out the program’s Division II era and ushered in Division I competition during her career from 2010-13, becoming NKU’s career record holder for assists with 5,120. After earning three All-GLVC selections in her first three campaigns as a Norse, including a Third Team All-America selection as a junior, Schreiver was named the Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team Setter and her 11.34 assists per set were the 17th-most in Division I that year.
David Shearer (Men’s Golf)
A 2007 graduate, Shearer was a two-time Golf Coaches Association of America All-American, earning honorable mention status as a junior and third-team status as a senior. The three-time GLVC Player of the Year won three-consecutive GLVC individual tournament titles, the only player in GLVC history to achieve the feat, and led the Norse to back-to-back GLVC Championships in 2006 and 2007. Shearer helped the Norse reach the 2004 National Championship and competed in the 2005 version as an individual. He was also the GLVC Freshman of the Year, an All-GLVC honoree four times and the GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
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